I've already listened to this book 3 times! It is very heart-warming and nice point of view from a dog about life and people.
The most memorable moment for me was when Enzo's promise to come back comes true. (That's all I'll say - you have to listen to the book to find out what I'm talking about!)
"Bark to go faster" and "How could they cut off my thumbs?" Enzo was fascinated with man's opposable thumbs and believed that was about the only thing that really made him different from humans!
If you enjoyed Bruce Cameron's "A Dog's Purpose" and "A Dog's Journey", you will enjoy "The Art of Racing in the Rain"!
I listened to this with a few friends on a road trip - we all ended up crying at the end! It is such a beautiful love story. Anyone who has had a close pet will recognize the different ways Enzo (the dog) communicates.
I am not a particular fan of racing but don't let that turn you off if you're not either! This is such a universal story - it is short but so powerful.
Great story, sprinkled with touches of humor, a positive outlook on life, and a very satisfying ending. The author keeps the story interesting and the narrator does a great job. A lot more than you can expect from most books.
Also, while the story is told from the point of view of Enzo the dog, the author gets around some limitations very gracefully. For example, the dog doesn't get to go to a court room, but he tells you what happened as he heard it from Denny.
I found this story dragged. I guess I was waiting for the story to pick up. I did not feel it ever did. I loved the idea of a story told from the dogs perspective however the subject matter and story did not interest me. Maybe because I am chronically ill. If yout looking for a spirit lifter this story is not it. Atleast not for me.
I thought the narration was wonderful.
I felt sad. If that is the goal for the listener than this book is for you.
Should have headed other reviews of the book and kept my credit.
This is a good, solid read. The racing analogy, used throughout the book, is excellent and used very well. The dog, of course, is the star. If you love dogs and a good book, then I'd recommend this one.
The first thing I did when I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain was contact the friend who recommended it to thank her. The second thing I did was start listening to it again. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to break the emotional connection I felt with Enzo.
Enzo, the dog, was my favorite character. I was jolted by his observations and perspectives and they made me reevaluate my own. He was wise and innocent at the same time. I could empathize with his frustration at not being able to communicate with those he loved.
My favorite scene was when Enzo was in the race car with Denny. The pure joy of it made me want to drive a race car, something I have never even considered doing.
This book is pure joy with a bit of sadness and strife thrown in for spice. Enjoy it, then tell everyone you love to read/listen to it, too. The shared experience will bring you closer to those you love.
Married to Phil Michaud. Hairstylist over 20 years in Canton, CT. Business owner and coach with Transitions Lifestyle System.
Yes. The story is well told and has many layers. I'm sure I will get something different the next time I listen.
I really can't compare it to anything because you can really picture your own dog thinking some of these thoughts. The book is beautifully simple, yet because the dog sees these things and feels it too, you'll never look at your on dog the same way.
When Enzo was dreaming he could speak, thru the power of technology such as the one Stephen Hawking uses. He made audible his loyalty in a testimony in a court of law, defending his Denny. Very touching and imaginative.
Enzo, so sweet and so smart.
I felt the story and character (the dog) were lacking. The dogs character was overly humanized for my taste and too simple to boot. I really had to grind my teeth to finish. It's one of those stories where it's one bad thing takes place after the other but it somehow gets made up at the end. Not my favorite way to go. Plus, with my experience in animal behavior, the dogs logic and reasoning at times was silly.
It is right up there in my top 5.
I loved the perspective you get by having it told through the eyes of Enzo the dog,While it isn't a story about a dog as such , it kept you enthralled right from the start.it certainly made me look at my dog in a different light. I think there is something for a whole range of people here, from dog lovers to motor racing fans,
The narrator's reading style makes you forget that he is actually narrating a story and not talking to you directly, he takes you on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first page. went from laughing to crying to seething with anger in the blink of an eye.
I have to say I think the first time I had a little cry was probably only about five minutes in, was a bit worried that it may have continued on that way through the entire book, but was pleased to find that there were plenty of laughs to be had and a few times of down right anger at some of the injustices that Denny had to endure.
Stick with it long enough to get past the evolution part in the 1st chapter. At first I thought it was going to be an impersonal story about the dog's views on evolution but it quickly turned to his life with Denny and all the pain and joy and life they experienced together. It was incredibly good and I didn't want it to end.